Beat the Heat
If you're feeling the summer heat in the Pialba/Hervey Bay region, there are several ways you can cool off, while still enjoying a fun day out. So grab your togs and throw the kids in the car, because here are the 3 best ways to beat the heat this weekend in and around Pialba.
The beach is the first port of call for many people wanting to cool off on a hot summer's day. It's fun, it's free and if you're in the Pialba area, it's only a stone's throw away.
And the beaches around Pialba are unlike anywhere else on the Queensland coastline. That's because they're protected by Fraser Island from the big surf normally experienced on the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, which makes them some of the safest swimming beaches in Australia, with minimum breakers or rips.
Their sheltered waters offer safe swimming and water activities for all ages and there are plenty of great spots to choose from including Urangan, Torquay, Scarness, Pialba, Point Vernon, Burrum Heads, Toogoom and Dundowran, just to name a few.
If you want to stretch your legs and catch a cooling sea breeze, a favourite spot is the Hervey Bay Esplanade. There's a path running some 16 kilometres along the Esplanade, on which you can walk, ride, scoot or skate all the way from Point Vernon to the Marina at Urangan. And there are lots of parks, playgrounds and picnic spots dotted along the way in places like Pialba, Scarness and Torquay.
And remember, if you plan to cool off along the way with a refreshing dip in the surf, always swim on patrolled beaches between the red and yellow flags and be sure to slip, slop slap at all times.
If you aren't a fan of swimming in the ocean and you don't have a pool in your own backyard, another good way to cool off on a hot summers day is to visit one of the public swimming pools in the Pialba area. There are several excellent aquatic facilities to choose from including:
- Elders Swim Centre - this is a great place to cool off and an excellent facility to teach your children to swim, with classes for kids from as early as six months which boast the smallest student/teacher ratio in Hervey Bay. Elders Swim Centre also offers low impact water fitness classes and squad and club swimming programs and they're located in Islander Road Pialba.
- Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre - located in Boundary Road, Torquay, facilities at this centre include an 8 lane 50 metre pool, a 25 metre heated pool with ramp access and rehabilitation lane, a heated indoor learn-to-swim pool, a children's leisure pool with water slides plus bbqs, shaded picnic areas, a canteen and a shop. They also offer learn to swim, aqua aerobics and fitness classes and have Inflatable Fun Days for the kids every Saturday of the school holidays.
- Maryborough Aquatic Centre - situated on the corner of John and Kent Streets in Maryborough, this well appointed centre offers a 50 metre pool, 25 metre heated pool, hydrotherapy pool, children's play area, kiosk, free barbecues and shaded picnic areas. They also run swimming classes, aqua aerobics and group fitness classes, squad and junior lifesaving programs and have Inflatable Fun Days every Saturday of the school holidays. If you're prepared to travel a little further for a dip, there are a number of other public swimming pools dotted around the Fraser Coast including Rainbow Beach Aquatic Centre, Tin Can Bay Swimming Pool, Goomeri Swimming Pool and Kandanga Swimming Pool.
When you think water parks in the Pialba area, you automatically think of WetSide Water Park, which is situated right on the foreshore at the junction of Main Street and the Esplanade.
This is a fun, eco-friendly, educational and extremely popular water park that provides the perfect family escape from the heat, because it's open 7 days a week during Queensland school holidays and entry is absolutely free!
The park features a large water play arena for kids of all ages, a TotSide area for safe play for under 5 year olds, two large water slides ($5 for 10 slides) and a FlipSide Board Rider wave machine for adventurous older kids that costs $6 a go.
With a coffee shop, fish & chip shop and restaurant onsite and a Fountain Light Show every Saturday night at 7pm, Wetside Water Park lives up to its reputation as the most popular water park this side of the Sunshine Coast.
And remember, while you're in the area, make sure you call into Pialba Place shopping centre just a few blocks from WetSide Water Park, where you'll find plenty of great shopping and dining options so you can stock up on sunscreen, hats, towels, sunnies, pool toys and picnic essentials.
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